Our Master Bathroom – Before and After!

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2011 | 29 comments

Our master bathroom makeover is FINALLY finished… every last detail is complete!!!

After completely gutting every surface, knocking down walls, new plumbing, new electrical, new windows, new doors, new everything, I finally have a bunch of “after” pictures to share!!

Our Reclaimed Barn Wood Floors

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2011 | 12 comments

Dave, my dad, and I have been working hard to finish “round one” of our renovation projects before Dave starts school and before our two international students arrive {in about 3 weeks!} And one of the main projects we HAD to finish was our new hardwood floors — but they aren’t just any hardwood floors; they are reclaimed barn wood — which basically means the wood we used for our floors was taken out of old barns and milled down […]

My Two Cents About DIY Projects

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2011 | 6 comments

I’ve received a bunch of emails lately from people who are so excited about our farmhouse renovations. A few of them even said they were now motivated to do some of their own home improvement projects! We are definitely making progress on our house — slowly but surely — and we’re aiming to be finished with “round 1” by the end of July. Yikes, I just said it out loud and then realized that’s only 5 1/2 weeks away! Anyway, […]

Time-Saving Wallpaper Removal Tip

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2011 | 9 comments

source: Over the past 5 years, I’ve had my fair share of experience removing wallpaper. So it’s probably safe to say I’ve tried just about every removal method out there…and am on the verge of being a “wallpaper removing expert”! In our first house, we {and when I say “we”, I really me “I”} removed wallpaper from the kitchen, dinning room, bathroom, laundry room, bedrooms, and even the garage! Thankfully in our new house, most of the rooms just had […]

Home Renovations on a Budget

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2011 | 5 comments

It’s no secret that Dave and I are in the middle of a pretty big home renovation project right now. More than a third of our house is completely gutted and we’re just FINALLY starting to round the corner from the demolition phase into the “putting it back together and making it look nice” phase. I’m definitely anxious to see the finished product but we’re committed to taking our time, doing it “right” the first time, AND staying on budget — which is a lot easier said […]

And You Thought Your House was Messy – Week 2

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2011 | 16 comments

Remember last week, when I showed you how messy our house was? Well, this week isn’t any better…. Our wood flooring was delivered yesterday, and to my surprise, 700 sq. ft. of wide-plank wood flooring takes up a lot more space than I origionally envisioned!  YIKES! Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to have reclaimed barn wood for our new floors…I guess we just won’t be using our living room for the next month! Anyway, I hope you feel a […]

And You Thought Your House Was Messy!

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2011 | 4 comments

This post is for those of you who are sitting at home, wishing your house was cleaner, more organized and/or less cluttered. If you think your house is messy, let me assure you… Mine is messier! . Yup, that’s a toilet in our master bedroom. And all those blurry, white circles in the picture are drywall dust. This is our bathtub —  we actually just demolished the entire bathroom so it’s pretty crazy in there! See, I told you! So for those of […]